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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 33, Shirasuka, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 13 15/16 in. (227.01 mm x 354.01 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.27


Alternate Title: Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi [Hoeidoban]: Shirasuka, Shiomi-zaka zu

Marks
On mat in pencil: Jo XVIII set 33, n. 42a. Signed: Hiroshige ga. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Medium
Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; colored ink on paper.

Object Description
Color woodblock print with an image of a valley (shiomi slope) and a town, with the sea in the background.

The print depicts a slope that rises to the right in the foreground. Shirasuka station was previously located near the beach called Sakanoshita (Lower Slope), but was relocated to the uplands to avoid tsunamis, the great sea waves produced by volcanic eruptions. Here, an orderly daimyo precession descends the slope, carrying luggage.
The composition with the two slopes rising at left and right creates a dip in the middle, where one can view the coast with its pine trees, the harbor with its boats, and the beautiful ocean beyond.
The graded tembokashi yellow, which has now discolored, spreads from the top of the picture downward, and the pink in the horizon and the blue in the ocean spread upward (bokashi). The symmetrical hills in the foreground and the vast sky and far horizon create a visual effect of great distance.
(ref. “Hokusai and Hiroshige,” p.196 )

Publisher
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.

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